Some Things a Man Can’t Ride Around: Budd Boetticher’s Ranown Westerns
In his five collaborations with actor Randolph Scott and producer Harry Joe Brown, Boetticher presents an unsentimental vision of honor-bound men competing and banding together in a desolate landscape ruled by chance.
The New World: Dwelling in Malick’s New World
In his masterful reimagining of the story of John Smith and Pocahontas, Terrence Malick meditates on the nature of beauty and America’s path from innocence to experience.
The Kid: The Grail of Laughter and the Fallen Angel
The Kid marked Charlie Chaplin’s wholehearted embrace of sentiment, which he intertwined with the slapstick he was known for to enrich his Tramp character and carry the narrative of feature-length directorial debut.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
When humanity, subjugated by the terror of crime, has been driven insane by fear and horror, and when chaos has become supreme law, then the time will have come for the empire of crime.” In 1933, Fritz Lang gave these words to his visionary figur…